On 7 May 2016, Ondrej Prochazka set out on a 2,000km hike-and-fly of the Alps. Travelling light, he has left the sleeping bag and tent at home, but won’t be sweating inside his wing every night. Ondrej will be Couchsurfing. Ondrej intends to follow his planned route, which is a triangle starting and finishing near […]
Paris Williams won the 2016 Dalby Big Air hang gliding competition in Queensland, Australia. Fellow Moyes pilots Curt Warren and Len Paton took second and third spots, a 1-2-3 win for the ‘Moyes Boys’. The week-long competition took place from 9-16 April 2016 at Dalby, Queensland, and saw five tasks flown in “great conditions”, including a triangle back to […]
The Amiga 2 is a new EN-B tandem from Pro Design, designed with input from pro tandem pilots and intended for professional use. Pro Design say the Amiga 2 has balanced handling and good in-flight stability, excellent launch behaviour (“No hanging back, no overshooting and no dive after launching”), moderate brake pressure and a good trim […]
The Graphit, is Basisrausch’s new 3.5-season leather glove, designed for warmth with Thinsulate and cashmere insulation. It’s been developed with input from Chrigel Maurer among others, to retain the excellent feel and grip of the Kristall (that we reviewed in issue 170), but in a warmer version. Its goatskin outer and flexible windproof barrier are similar to the Kristall’s, but […]
Triple Seven’s EN/LTF A Deck is a simple and durable entry-level glider, ideal for schools. Made to inspire confidence in pilots and their instructors, Triple Seven say the Deck will take a pilot from his first steps into the world of paragliding, and on his first valley crossings. A confidence-inspiring and nicely damped wing, Tripe Seven say it nonetheless offers good […]
Version 4 of Razeebuss’s electric auxiliary power unit for paragliders is now on sale. A Sup’Air Skypper pod harness with an inbuilt HPD 10 E-drive motor, Razeebuss’s Radicall V4 now has a “virtual cage”, which constantly moves the propeller to the best position, and cuts the engine if the angle changes dramatically. It is fitted […]
On 1 May 2016, Martin Morlet flew his Enzo 2 across a 411km swathe of France, from Rouen to Limoges. This is currently the longest paraglider flight in France, and if approved by the FFVL will take the French record from Luc Armant, for his 364km from Jeufosse on 3 May 2014 on an Enzo 2. Martin’s flight comes close […]
“This is officially the gnarliest thermal I’ve been in…” Will Gadd and Gavin McClurg ride the wild air of the Rockies on a 700km vol-biv. The full-length 52-minute film is online here.
You gotta watch this! Brett Hazlett outdoes himself at the Paragliding World Cup in Castelo, Brazil. April 2016.
Section 7, the rules that govern hang gliding and paragliding competition, has been revised and updated. It has been published on the CIVL website and will be current from 1 May 2016. CIVL say it has taken two years to revise. Notorious for its complexity the rules in Section 7 are there to help organisers […]
The FAI have released their annual report for 2015. It features news and statistics on competitions and records on all the FAI airsports, including paramotoring, paragliding and hang gliding. Available to download as a pdf or to view online as a flipbook from the FAI site.
The Busa Flying Team at Riva del Garda in Italy are running a local (lake Garda area) XContest competition, with great prizes including Woody Valley’s new competition X-Rated 7 harness. Any qualified pilot can take part, on any certified wing (EN A to CCC); they simply need to record their flight (which has to fulfil the […]
Ozone’s LiteSpeed is a versatile lightweight miniwing, bridging the gap between lightweight paragliders and speedriding wings. You’ll find it in the speedriding section of Ozone’s website, though they summarise it as a miniwing for use in a wide range of conditions, from hike-and-fly to soaring. It is intended for intermediate pilots upwards, its speed and dynamicism increasing with wing […]
Carl Wallbank flew 275km to set a new UK hang gliding declared goal record on 23 April 2016. The flight has also been submitted to the FAI as European Declared Goal record. The flight, from Llangollen in North Wales to Weymouth on the south coast of England, took him 6 hours 12 minutes, and meant […]
AirDesign’s UFO has been certified LTF/EN B in the largest, 21m² size (75-90kg) – the world’s first certified single-surface glider. The Ultralight Flying Object is extremely light at 2.0kg, and compact. AD say it’s the perfect tool for Alpine use, and with the new certification it might appeal even more to para-alpinists and hike-and-flyers. AD […]
The Skylighter 3 is Sky’s new cross-country racing pod harness. Sky have designed this harness for all cross-country pilots, and it’s very adjustable (they call it Easy Custom Tuning (ECT)) so that it can be adapted to suit each pilot’s preferences. For instance, it comes with a carbon composite seat plate, but you can remove […]
Power2Fly have launched their new SP EVO 6 GT 2016 paramotor cage. A lightweight cage made from aluminium and carbon, it has a diameter of 135cm and weighs just 4.2kg. The SP Evo 6 GT comes ready to fit the following engines: Vittorazi, Polini, Cors-Air, Sky Engines, MiniPlane and EOS 100/100 Booster. The photos below show a close-up of the […]
In the spring of 2015, a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake in Nepal killed 8,000 people and injured 21,000 more. Entire communities literally crumbled—and the free flight pilots of the Cloudbase Foundation, already working in Nepal, realised they were in a unique position to help. They loaded up their vehicles and headed directly to the epicentre […]
Dubbed their “intermediate cruiser for everyone”, the Vita2 is a new low-end EN-B paraglider from AirDesign. Designer Stephan Stiegler goes so far as to say it’s: The best glider that I’ve designed to date! AirDesign say the Vita2 offers easy and relaxed flying, combining a high level of passive safety with good performance and direct handling. They add that it’s […]
Windtech’s new freestyle and acro glider, the Loop 2, is available now, suitable for new freestylers through to experienced acro flyers. It’s capable of doing all the manoeuvres, tricks and transitions, Windtech say, but will look after a pilot as he or she learns them. The enhanced geometry, the vault height and a special line rigging offers an […]